Cardiff tenants and homeowners have to make some important decisions each month but one decision that is occurring more frequent is the choice to pay the mortgage and rent or put food on the table.
Cardiff is to get its fifth food bank to meet the rapid rise in demand, last year Cardiff Council said 7,500 people received emergency food parcels a figure which is set to increase by 20 per cent to 9,000 people this year.
The latest food bank to open its doors in Cardiff is at St Saviour’s Church in Splott. This is the first food bank in Wales to offer evening opening hours to help the growing number of the Cardiff population who are in full-time employment who rely on the help and support of food banks.
Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Cllr Derrick Morgan said, “In a climate of worsening poverty and rising homelessness, Food banks and their network of support services are becoming ever more necessary.”
Father Dean Atkins, Parish Priest of St German with St Saviour, said,”It is clear that there is a need for this kind of support in the local community and I believe the Church has a responsibility to try and meet that need.”
With zero hour contracts and economic growth fuelled by debt the reliance of food banks in Cardiff looks like a trend that will continue to grow.
From a tenants perspective the question of paying the rent or putting food on the table looks like a question that will become ever more frequent in household across Cardiff and South Wales which will have a knock on effect to landlords.
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